NATIONAL LITERACY MONTH: September is National Literacy Month, and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most important predictors o…

SEE HAS LOCAL CONNECTION: We admit to being way behind on this — we aren’t exactly wired into popular culture and we certainly don’t stream a lot of TV shows.

TOYS: It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for, when the question will be answered as to which toys will make it into the National Toy Hall of Fame this November.

APPLE HARVEST: Picking fruit for fresh eating can be a guessing game for those of us that don’t do it on a regular basis. Penn State Extension has shared tips for harvesting apples. The first …

TRAIL MOMENTS 21-DAY CHALLENGE: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is providing 21 easy actions to keep people motivated and encourage outside activity.

AMERICAN PRIDE: Gerry Ford of Smethport shared a moment that gave him great pride recently.

REMEMBERING 9/11: Rev. Frederic Brussat and Rev. Mary Ann Brussat were living and working in Manhattan on 9/11. They were in their home in midtown but the magazine they worked for was located …

SCARY: USDish is holding Chapter 2 of the scariest dream job ever — “or should we say Scream Job?”

BOOK LIST: We have been sharing a recommended reading list for college-bound students, provided to an Era reader as they entered 10th grade “some time ago.” Up to this point, we have covered s…

BOOK LIST CONTINUED: An Era reader shared a list of books to read for college-bound students that they received when entering the 10th grade. We have shared well-known names such as Samuel Cle…

RECOMMENDED READING: An Era reader shared a recommended book list for college-bound students that they received as they entered the 10th grade. This was “some years ago,” according to the atta…

PENCILS 2: This is a continuation of a previous column highlighting facts about pencils, in honor of schools being back in session. These facts are from https://everyfactever.com/50-facts-abou…

TAR SPOT: Tar spot, a fungal leaf disease, was positively identified in a cornfield in Lancaster County this week. First discovered in Pennsylvania in September 2020, this potentially yield-li…

PENCILS: In honor of the students returning to their desks for the 2021-22 school year, we have found a list of facts, courtesy of https://everyfactever.com/50-facts-about-pencils/:

STUDENT DEBT: With the average student loan debt reaching $37,000 per borrower, the personal-finance website WalletHub released a report on 2021’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt, …

WEBSITE LAUNCH: The PA SIX Website will be officially launched at 10 a.m. today via Zoom.

ASTRONAUTS: Students in Georgia and California will each have an opportunity this week to hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space calls will air live on…

GO FOR A HIKE: The Outdoor Advocacy Project, Women Who Hike, In Solidarity Project and Latino Outdoors have collaborated to launch #HikeUnited21, an event taking place throughout August 2021 t…

Eating healthy on vacation: Face it — it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet for oneself or their family regularly, let alone while traveling and away from home.

TODAY: Today is Women’s Equality Day.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: Bradford started school Monday and today is the first day for Port Allegany and Smethport, while Otto-Eldred students will board the bus and head to school for their first d…

ROOTWORM: The Penn State Extension offered some planting and bug tips as the growing season locally winds down.

CONTROL ANNUAL WEEDS: The Penn State Extension has provided some helpful tips for controlling summer weeds before the seeds set, where possible.

VACCINE MANDATE: As President Biden begins to push for booster shots for those who are vaccinated, the encouragement to get vaccinated continues as well.

Climate change: NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have formed a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership to observe Earth and its changing environment. The partnership is an effort to help a…

DOGS AGAIN: Here is another round of dog facts in honor of August’s recognition as National Dog Month.

GEOTHERMAL REPORT: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published its 2021 U.S. Geothermal Power Production and District Heating Market Report, which highlights areas where the geot…

AIRSHOW: The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will make a first-time appearance during the Great Pocono Raceway Air Show on August 21-22 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The squadron of si…

NASA SPACECRAFT: NASA’s first spacecraft to explore the Trojan asteroids arrived July 30 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. It is now in a cleanroom at nearby Astrotech, re…

MORE DOG FACTS: As we make our way through August, here are some more facts about dogs.

100 BLACK HOLES: The globular star cluster Palomar 5 is one of the “fluffiest” known. It’s less massive than other globulars and has a greater distance between its stars. It also has two long …

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: This is one of many in a series of RTS columns highlighting some of the gems found in a Dec. 6, 1981 New York Times Magazine that was recently gifted to the newsroom.

ZIPPO ‘SIGHTING’: Era reader Terry Palmer submitted the following tidbit from Sirius XM 60’s radio heard recently.

NATIONAL DOG MONTH: In honor of National Dog Month, we are sharing some facts about the Belgian Malinois, a breed chosen by police departments nationwide to help with upholding the law.

DOG MONTH: August is National Dog Month. In honor of our furry friends, here are some highlights from a list of 30 fun facts, shared by The American Kennel Club.